Date A Live The Movie: Mayuri Judgement (2015) – The End?

Genre: Harem, Romance, Sci-Fi
Director: Keitaro Motonaga
Writer: Hideki Shirane

I really know how interesting “Date A Live” was. Truly, it’s definitely a unique anime to come at first. It uses the concept of a dating-like simulator as its main concept and blends it into a “save the world” theme. The main character has to deal with all kinds of heroines, risk what they are, develop strategies to be able to conquer them, and romance (and a harem of course). But instead have to go on from season one to two, why do we worry with this movie? What’s the point instead of separating this movie from season two? Do directors and writers have other choices in drawing back the attention of this movie? What if using the same format that’s not much different from the main series? Well, here it’s “Date A Live The Movie: Mayuri Judgment”.

Date, a simple word, especially singles hate this word. But, it doesn’t mean that the world itself has only one meaning. This simple thing can be a center of attention from the main concept of this series. But, it becomes worse. In a duration of approximately one hour, Shidou must go on six dates from each heroine he has conquered within 40 minutes. It’s just a memorable movie or even a movie anime in general. The movie doesn’t stand as a movie in general.

There is nothing special but I could say, the plot takes you constantly so you don’t stand up to it. It’s about dating and coming, talking, but suddenly, what is that? What’s there? It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Mayuri. Now, who is Mayuri? I don’t know! Her character has never been touched upon from the start and her presence immediately shown up during the climax battle. No explanation, but I hope this character should be presented again in the next season to see her fate must end like that. It seems it doesn’t.

Regardless of not much that can be talked about on her own character, there was nothing else matters. Apparently, there isn’t any development in this movie either Shidou himself or even Mayuri. I don’t even know why Mayuri is a matter. The relationship between the main character and the rest of all heroines are just the same as the previous series. The characters are everything in this show. They are very interesting especially the chemistry between Shidou and all heroines. While the first and second season tells them one by one, this movie doesn’t really change anything; except Miku for the after-story. Mayuri isn’t really the point while indeed this movie focuses on herself. It’s just a hint that acts like a stalker following Shidou everywhere and after Shidou realizes it, be a plausible and weak plot.

The sound and art still are the best, especially this is also a theatrical movie. Production IMS still keeps some high quality, especially the voice acting. Sora Amamiya is pretty good by the way as Mayuri but isn’t given enough roles as the lead character of this film. The 3D graphics are out of the box and it seems like they seem to be trying something new. However, their execution failed so that it just seems odd. The background, nothing special. Just Production IMS still stick with its distinctive style.

Actually, there isn’t much we can be discussed in this series apart, this is a stand out from season two. Why do they have to separate them? Whether it’s a problem, no matter this movie seems to stick with its unique concept but still used generic format. “Mayuri Judgment” is a pretty disappointing average movie if it’s still related to the series. It doesn’t really push anything from its character but it’s still one that’s failed. Not that bad as well. It’s a fine movie from its prequel.